June 10, 2021
CITY, Nev. – The Nevada
Department of Education celebrates the passage of several bills during the 81st
(2021) Legislative Session that will have long-term, positive impacts for Nevada’s
students, educators, and families.
“This was a historic Session for
education in Nevada, and we celebrate the great strides that Governor Sisolak
and the Legislature have made in prioritizing equity and opportunity for our
students,” said Superintendent Ebert. “With bills that include a long-awaited
overhaul of Nevada’s 54-year-old education funding formula and supports for
social emotional learning, we are grateful for a number of initiatives that are
continuing to move our education system forward."
Bills highlighted by the Nevada
Department of Education include:
Bill 439 enacts Nevada’s new K-12 education funding formula, the
Pupil-Centered Funding Plan (PCFP). The PCFP is a brand-new approach to funding
K-12 education in Nevada that will replace the 54-year-old Nevada Plan. The PFCP
prioritizes equity in the way funds are allocated for Nevada students, ensuring
all students are provided with a base level of resources, with a greater level
of support available to students who need it.
Bill 67 increases student access to
restorative justice practices in schools. Nevada’s shift to restorative practices
recognizes ongoing efforts to create equitable systems where the norm is
teaching positive behaviors, repairing relationships, and increasing
accountability through reversing harm. Restorative practices have shown
positive outcomes in decreasing the disproportionality of students of color
being suspended or expelled, which means they are spending more time in
Bill 215 requires district and charter school
governing bodies to develop and present plans for distance education, as part
of future-proofing our education system. District and charter schools must also
develop and implement a plan to make the necessary technology available for
certain pupils and school employees. The bill was sponsored by Senator Mo
Denis, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and developed based on the
recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission for a Globally Prepared
Bill 173 authorizes school districts and the
State Public Charter School Authority to submit summer school plans to the
Department of Education that address learning loss due to COVID-19. These
summer school programs will support students most at risk for learning loss.
Bill 38 revises provisions relating to career
and technical education (CTE) and work-based learning. The bill reduces the
burden on Nevada’s school districts and provides more flexibility for each
district to engage stakeholders to implement and improve their CTE programs.
Bill 36 updates school emergency
response plans to crises, emergencies, and suicides. The bill adds at least one
representative of the District or County Board of Health to the school district
committee which develops the crises plan used by public schools. Additionally,
in response to COVID-19, it expands the definition of an outbreak of disease to
include an epidemic.
Bill 417 was brought forth by the Nevada
Department of Education and revises provisions related to school buses that
will result in improved safety for Nevada students. This bill provides that
school bus inspections will be completed on an annual basis and adds language
regarding re-inspection of vehicles.
19 updates social
studies subjects to include civics, financial literacy, and multicultural
education. It also maintains the standards adoption, process but removes the
requirement of codifying standards in regulations to ensure a streamlined
adoption of updated standards.